If you are anything like me than you need at least a cup (or two) of coffee to start your morning. Coffee was once frowned upon in the health world, but a new study in the journal Heart found that those who consumed three to five cups a day had cleaner arteries than non-coffee drinkers.

While coffee in reasonable amounts may be goof for us (thanks to antioxidants), does that mean that we should start drinking at an early age? How early is too early? Can toddlers drink coffee?

While that may seem like a bizarre question to ask, a new study found that parents are actually giving coffee to their toddlers.

The study from the Boston Medical Center revealed that 15 percent of Boston parents allow their toddlers to drink up to four ounces of coffee each day.

Girls commonly drank coffee compare to boys, and Hispanic toddlers were more likely to consume the caffeine than their counterparts.

The findings could have ties to culture. For example, its common for young children to drink coffee in places like Ethiopia, Australia and Cambodia. “I’m English and I’ve been drinking tea since I was a very small child,” Dr. Anne Merewood associate professor at Boston University School of Medicine and study’s author said. “It’s a cultural thing, they just feed the baby what everyone else is eating.”

It only makes sense that young children would want to mimic their mommas and enjoy a Starbucks latte themselves. Plus many sugary coffee drinks that are featured at coffee chains looks delicious enough to lure kids in. There are even “babyccinos,” flavored steams milk with whipped cream popping up on some coffee menus.

Even this baby likes coffee.
Even this baby likes coffee.

It’s important to remember that sweet coffee drinks could add to child obesity. Not to mention that fact that caffeine can cause irritability, insomnia, and acid reflux.

While studies have linked coffee consumption to reduced risk of Parkinson’s is ease, type 2 diabetes, depression, and heart disease, let’s just wait to our kids are a bit older before they start their coffee addiction.

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